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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon Mey 2VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Heilagra meyja drápa 2’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 893.

Anonymous PoemsHeilagra meyja drápa

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Lýsa vilda eg lofandi glós*um
líf ágætra dýrðarvífa,
drottinn várr með hverjum hætti
huldi þær í krafti skærum.
Mildliga skín yfir meyjum öllum
meyligt blóm hins hæsta sóma;
Máría sjálf er drotning dýrust;
dýran fæddi hun himna stýri.

Eg vilda lýsa lofandi glós*um líf ágætra dýrðarvífa, með hverjum hætti drottinn várr huldi þær í skærum krafti. Meyligt blóm hins hæsta sóma skín mildliga yfir öllum meyjum; Máría sjálf er dýrust drotning; hun fæddi {dýran stýri himna}.
‘I wanted to describe in laudatory words the lives of excellent women of glory [and] in what manner our Lord enveloped them with a shining power. The maidenly flower of the highest honour shines gracefully over all maidens; Mary herself is the most glorious queen; she gave birth to the glorious ruler of the heavens [= God (= Christ)].

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Text is based on reconstruction from the base text and variant apparatus and may contain alternative spellings and other normalisations not visible in the manuscript text. Transcriptions may not have been checked and should not be cited.

editions and texts

Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV], [B. 12]. Af heilogum meyjum 2: AII, 527, BII, 582-3, Skald II, 321, NN §3389A.


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